Pranayama & Meditation
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- This class is included in our Monthly or Annual Memberships
What is Yoga?
You can ask 100 people and you would most likely get 100 unique responses. There are infinite answers to this question, as one may expect from a practice that was developed well over 5,000 years ago. This particular practice takes us beyond asana, the physical poses and creates a space for us to investigate other aspects of the vast incredible field that is Yoga.
This class has 3 main components
Pranayama – we train the energy contained within the breath. Research shows intermittent hypoxia (reduced oxygen for short periods of time) has numerous benefits including
- neuroplasticity (brains ability to modify, change and adapt),
- stem cell production (the body’s raw materials from which all other cells with specialised functions are generated)
- nitric oxide production (improving exercise performance, lowering blood pressure and enhances brain function).
- Increased EPO releasing more red blood cells into circulation, increasing cardiovascular capacity and much more.
Shastra – from the root verb shas which translates as rule or instruction, Shastra is a set of guidelines or rules written by ancient siddhi’s, sages & rishi’s who having had these experiences themselves shared their wisdom of building muscle & mind for safety and survival & how to unlock the depths of our human potential. Faye & Samantha use shastra from varying lineages to support the sankalpa (intention) of practice.
Meditation – When life throws us difficulties we call it bad, when life is great, we had a tendency to cling to it a feel discomfort again as it slips through our fingers. When life is mundane & ordinary we do all that we can to pleasure our senses riding on the surface of life. Meditation teaches us presence & in that presence of here & now we are better able to deal with whatever is presenting itself to us.
These classes are taught Same Star Yoga Elders:
Beyond the poses I like to think of it as a method of Self-inquiry & Self-discovery. It’s about finding tools to help us navigate the ever increasing challenges of being human in the modern world.
Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra 2:46
Sthiram Sukham Asana
(The Joy of Effortlessness)
- We explore the great importance of finding a comfortable seat.
- You may wish to use a chair for this practice and if not a chair most certainly many props to assist you in feeling comfortable in your asana (seat).
- Contemplation & mantra from the lineage of the Kashmir Shaivism tradition or other traditions
- Pranayama – breathing techniques to settle the scattered mind and energetic body.
In this Wednesday evening class we will be investigating simple pranayama and meditations linked to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
I find these tools incredibly useful as I walk through life’s journey.
Pranayama brings us the tools to direct the breath. This in turn give us access to the energy field within us which the prana (lifeforce) enlivens.
Meditation brings us the tools of awareness and observation. Becoming more mindful of our body (Foundation 1) and emotions/feelings (Foundation 2) allows us to become more skilful in how we direct our focus and energy.
What to expect
The 3 main aspects of this practice are
- Pranayama (awareness to and control of the breath) breath is life
Our whole life depends on it. After all the world has been through, we shouldn’t take our healthy lungs for granted ever again.
- Shastra Ancient Texts and their meaning
This is woven into our practice to deepen our Sankalpa (intention for each practice).
As well as Japa (active meditation), we will sit, still, allowing everything that is (which includes the mind that screams at you to get up or the mind that goes off on a merry tangent about what, where, who, when, and how) and then all of a sudden…….. consciousness recognises that the mind has gone walk about or has compassion for the screams. Consciousness then allows, settles and waits again in presence for whatever comes. It’s like a little game of witnessing, calling back, settling again & repeat.
What to bring to class
Essentials: Yoga mat
Optional: Lots of props – blankets bricks, blocks, zafu, bolster, zabuton, cushions, literally whatever you need to be comfortable.
We have all of these things available to purchase or borrow and we also have chairs to borrow too. If you would like to purchase a Yoga mat or blocks/bricks before your class, call our Reception team on 01206615400 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Who this class is for
Anyone who is interested in getting in touch with the great light of consciousness, a sense of ease and the natural beauty of life itself.
If you are unsure whether this class is suitable for you, give our Reception team a call on 01206615400 or contact us at email@example.com for a chat.
What our students say
Janet OliverYou asked for feedback on my experience at Same Star Yoga, so here goes: The location - Really convenient! I'm delighted the studio is so close to my home. Design and interior 'decor' - A beautiful, calm and relaxing space. Perfect for practising Yoga. Teachers - All the classes I've attended have been expertly led. The teachers are very attentive to students' needs & requirements. Prices - Very reasonable. I like the idea of the multi-class passes, which are very handy for those of us who want to try out different sessions.
Cristina LorenettiI can't recommend this studio and the teachers Faye and Samantha at Same Star yoga enough. I am now doing my Yoga Teacher Training with them which I feel shows how highly I regard their level of tuition.
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